If you’re looking for the best events to take your date to this summer, we’ve got you covered. From festivals to markets to pop up food havens, we sat down with Chappy to curate and select the best events from across the UK over the summer months for those after something a little different.
Chappy prides itself in being the new chapter in gay dating. With unique features like the “Chappy Scale”, users can choose between Mr. Right on one end and Mr. Right Now on the other to be matched with guys looking for the same thing as them. So whether you’re looking for a quirky place to spontaneously take your Mr. Right Now or some downtime with your Mr. Right, here are THE places to go this summer…
Clue is in the name really… Taking over Greater London’s Victoria Park for the weekend of 14 – 15 July, Lovebox returns to the capital with its enormous, eclectic line up celebrating the best in dance, pop, indie and hip hop to make sure the weekend stands out as a highlight from your summer. Expect an array of gourmet festival food, Lovebox’s own ‘Tequila Town’ and an evening crooning along to a Frank Ocean headline set with your significant other.
There’s always a certain romantic element to record shopping, whether it’s the retro-allure of vinyl’s comeback or the simple joy of a record store. Independent Label Market goes a little further, bringing together independent record labels to sell brand new vinyl via market stall as a “valuable reminder of how music retail can be a social affair; people hanging out together as a community and buying records.” The next event takes place on Oxford Street’s Uniqlo store’s rooftop, check out the site for further information.
Take the “let’s just go to the cinema” date to whole new levels with London’s Rooftop Cinema Club. Spread across the rooves of four iconic London venues, films stretching from 2016’s epic Moonlight to 1965’s legendary Breakfast At Tiffany’s get evening screenings up on the tops of the buildings as you recline in cosy deckchairs. Just remember to keep your eye on the film and not the 360 degree, insta-friendly view of the capital.
Another festival with a name made for dating, Love Saves The Day takes over Bristol’s Eastville Park from 27 – 28 May and brings together the best in dance and hip-hop for a great big, love-filled weekend. Little Dragon, Mura Masa, Nao, Bonzai, Mykki Blanco and Jessy Lanza form the standouts from the festival’s already-strong line-up.
Take your Mr. Right for a Mr. Whippy… The seaside town of Margate boasts the romantic and incredibly vintage Dreamland theme park, often playing host to an array of live music and market events. Returning for 2017, the park plays host to the Dreamland Vintage Market selling all things kitsch, retro and vintage for all your delight and perfect for a stroll around with your other half. Margate itself was recently awarded the title of the UK’s favourite seaside resort, the perfect setting for your first instagram as a couple.
This aquatic beauty is A Message From The East Sea. A mouth-wateringly good cocktails made with @akashitai sake and available from @vandvleeds for £5 during #LovesCocktails17 – it is only available to wristband holders so grab your's now!
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A cheap and cheerful spontaneous date option for your Mr Right Now, Loves Cocktails takes over 100 of the North’s finest bars for a week long cocktail extravaganza celebrating each of the location’s finest beverages at the special price of £5. Sadly the Nottingham event has already been and gone, though the celebration arrives in Leeds for 5 – 11 June, Liverpool for 24 – 30 July and Manchester for 4 – 10 July. Check out the site for further details of venues and drinks.
Whether you want to connect with traditional culture, sampling something brand new or looking to check out a brand new event, we strongly feel that Pop Up Japan may be the perfect one for you. Taking over Haggerston’s Proud East, Pop Up Japan plays host to one of London’s finest restaurants, Tonkotsu, alongside an array of Japanese culinary traditions and street vendor food in order to reflect Tokyo’s compelling, cultural vibrancy. Best hurry though, Pop Up Japan is only sticking around for 12 weeks.
On the more serious end of the date scale, London’s Tate Britain plays host to the UK’s first exhibition to exclusively focus on queer art, featuring works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer identities. The exhibition runs until 1 October with tickets and information available from here.
As quaint as a festival is ever going to get, Wilshire’s End Of The Road showcases the latest and greatest in alternative and indie, all in the blissful surroundings of Larmer Tree Gardens. Better still, the event has become renowned for its culinary festival delights making for the perfect late summer weekend getaway for those who love the music but not the hustle and bustle. Tickets available from here.
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Back for their exclusive summer edition, the Parisian music label and clothing brand take over The Brewhouse and MangleE8 for their renowned events in the capital over 10 – 11 June. Sunset dance floor action in their laidback outdoor courtyard setting will make this event perfect for any duo searching for the perfect, unique nightlife experience. Check out the event details right here.
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